In a major setback to most of the Indian Premier League franchises, the governing body of cricket in India, has refused to allow players to feature in the two upcoming T20 leagues of South Africa and UAE.
Even the cricketers playing in the cash-rich league have been barred from taking up a mentor role in these overseas leagues.
Chennai Super Kings can’t use captain MS Dhoni in a mentorship role for its team in SA T20 League as he is still active in IPL.
“We will not allow any player to participate in the two new leagues. If a player is interested to compete in the two tournaments, he will have to cut ties with the BCCI,” a BCCI official told The Indian Express.
When asked if a player like Dhoni can be a part of the new franchise as a mentor, the BCCI official said – “Then he can’t play IPL for CSK. He will have to retire first before making this move,” he added.
In 2019, Dinesh Karthik had to issue an unconditional apology for watching a Caribbean Premier League match from Trinbago Knight Riders’ dressing room.
As per the central contract, Karthik should have taken permission from the board before heading to the dressing room.a
Six Indian Premier League (IPL) owners have bought teams in the South Africa T20 League.